Statue depicting the dance of death

Made:
Japan
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Group shot of various memento mori, showing the variety of origins and different materials in the collection. From left
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Group shot of various memento mori, showing the variety of origins and different materials in the collection. Clockwise
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Boxwood carved statue, in the form of a skeleton and a demon playing a musical instrument, depicting the dance of death, probably Japanese

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A129821
Materials:
boxwood and complete
type:
statue
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
credit:
Glendining